Crime Stoppers raises money to fund rewards for tips

Crime Stoppers raises money to fund rewards for tips

JACKSONVILLE - It's a case that's left Jacksonville Police officers still looking for
answers. They're turning to the community to help solve the Dec. 30 murder
of 65-year-old Kim Flournoy at TNT Bingo on Henderson Drive in

Crime Stoppers Vice Chairman Robert Bright says this case has a hefty
reward for information that could lead to an arrest.

"We hope someone will call in with that specific information that they can
receive $25,000, which is a sum of money for some people," Bright said.

The $25,000 reward is a combination of $2,500 from Crime Stoppers and donations from a family acquaintance, other law enforcement agencies and several area businesses.

Volunteers like Mack Dobbs helped with the 14th annual Crime Stoppers
Barbecue Thursday, where they hoped to raise about $4,500.

"We're all here together, trying to make it better," Dobbs said.

Since the program's inception in 2000, police say about 500 tips have
resulted in reward money.

Capt. Ashley Weaver with Jacksonville PD says the bingo murder is one of
the department's biggest cases that needs Crime Stoppers' help.

"Crime Stoppers relies on the citizens that see, hear and know information
that we can't always have access to," Weaver said.

She says calling in with tips can be a win-win situation for everyone.

"it is an anonymous way for people to be able to provide information --
for those people that they're just afraid of, it may be a family member, it
could be someone that they know, and just don't want to be identified as
the person wanting to give that information," Weaver said.

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